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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a Jungian Analyst and a Psychotherapist?

A Jungian analyst has a post-graduate degree as a prerequisite to more specialized training at an approved Jungian Institute. Requirements vary by Institute, but training is rigorous with no less than four years of intensive personal analysis, supervised practice and course work. A written and oral examination and a thesis are additional requirements for certification. A psychotherapist has a master's degree from an accredited university that includes two years of course work, exams and a thesis. Following the degree, the psychotherapist must work with clients under supervision for a specific number of hours and take a written exam for licensure in the state where they wish to practice.

Is a Certified Jungian Analyst licensed?

The International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP) is the international organizing body for professionals engaged in the practice of analytical psychology. High standards of training, practice and ethical conduct are required. The IAAP also holds International Congresses promoting the body of knowledge and study of analytical psychology. Licensure for psychoanalysts is currently offered by a few states, with New York, the most recent state, beginning January 2006. Jungian analysts in states offering licensure have the opportunity to be certified, as well as licensed psychoanalysts. Many Jungian analysts also are licensed in other mental health professions as well.

What is Jungian Analysis?

In a Jungian analysis an individual joins a trained analyst in an exploration of unconscious contents that arise through dreams, active imagination and daily life events. By fostering careful dialogue between the unconscious and conscious, an analysis brings new insights into unhealthy patterns and problematic un-owned aspects of the individual. This process, called individuation, promotes a deeper understanding of oneself emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. Through the cultivation of meaning, an analysis enriches one's relationship to self and others.

Are there any local Jungian groups for individuals interested in knowing more about Carl Jung and Analytical Psychology?

The Jung Society of Washington (JSW) is a non-profit, tax-exempt membership society open to all who are interested in learning more about the psychology of Carl G. Jung. JSW houses a library and offers lectures and workshops on diverse topics related to analytical psychology. The Web site for JSW is www.jung.org.

If I am not pre-registered for a workshop given by JAWA, can I still attend?

Yes, but registration is preferable since accommodations and seating may be limited.


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